This course will examine Islam in modern South Asia, particularly in Pakistan, from multiple disciplinary perspectives. In popular discourse and media, Pakistan is usually presented as a volatile Muslim country primarily of interest as a "security problem". Most Western discussions and commentaries about Pakistan abound with stereotypical depictions of religious fundamentalism and/or the threat of the country's nuclear weapons to global security. This course will complicate and bring into question such stereotypes and alarming narratives. It will do so by examining the complexity of Pakistan's religious and political past and present. The focus of this course is on the intellectual history and traditions, as well as the lived practice of Islam in Pakistan. By drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources including film, literature, and anthropological texts, we will explore the diversity of Islam and Muslims in Pakistan. We will begin with the context of colonial India, and interrogate transformations in South Asian Islam during the 19th and early 20th century, before moving to Pakistan in the contemporary period.Among the major themes discussed in this course include modern South Asian Muslim reform movements, intra-Muslim poletics on questions of normative practice and ethics, contestations of religious authority, sectarianism, minorities, Madrases (Islamic seminaries) and Muslim traditions of education, religion and the state, Cyber Islam, and religion and the media. While focusing on modern South Asia and Pakistan, this course will also engage Islam in Afghanistan in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Section 601 - SEM - ISLAM IN MDRN S.ASIA